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Table 1 Outcomes of decriptive phase sample (n = 7,631)

From: Validity and reliability of a novel Color-Risk Psychiatric Triage in a psychiatric emergency department

Descriptive phase outcomes Brown Red Yellow Green White Statistics P
Gender        
Male (n) (%)a 16 (0.21) 72 (0.94) 516 (6.76) 1491 (19.54) 411 (5.39) Χ 2 = 6.86 0.143
Female (%)a 39 (0.51) 148 (1.94) 1172 (15.36) 3028 (39.68) 738 (9.67)   
Rate male:female 1:2.5 1:2.1 1:2.3 1:2.0 1:1.8   
 Mean age (years) (SD) 47.03 (21.92) 37.04 (15.78) 34.02 (13.33) 37.98 (14.68) 38.89 16.26) F = 31.38 0.0001**
 Age range 15–87 13–108 13–84 13–99 12–90   
 CRPT score intervals 1–9 5–16 14–23 22–31 25–32   
CRPT mean score (SD) 4.01 (1.6) 12.89 (2.5) 19.17 (3.06) 25.02 (3.1) 29.12 (2.1) F = 3607 0.0001**
CRPT under triage (n) (%)b - 16c (0.21)c 47 (0.62) 45 (0.59) 47 (0.62)   
CRPT over triage (n) (%)b 3 (0.04) 22 (0.29) 106 (1.39) 38 (0.49) -   
 Suicide risk        
No suicidal risk (%)b 46 (83.63) 101 (45.91) 1179 (69.85) 4406 (97.49) 1119 (97.39) Χ 2 = 1860 0.001*
No-suicide commitment (%)b 0 (0) 3 (1.36) 5 (0.29) 28 (0.62) 17 (1.48)   
Suicide thoughts (%)b 4 (7.27) 46 (20.91) 319 (18.89) 65 (1.44) 11 (0.96)   
Suicide threats (%)b 0 (0) 11 (5.00) 55 (3.26) 5 (0.11) 0 (0.0)   
Suicide attempts (%)b 5 (9.09) 59 (26.82) 130 (7.7) 15 (0.33) 2 (0.17)   
Reference after emergency consultation        
Urgent discharge to other hospital (%)b 52 (94.54) 131 (59.54) 545 (32.29) 260 (5.75) 63 (5.48) Χ 2 = 2545 0.001*
Admitted (%)b 0 (0) 66 (30.00) 242 (14.34) 45 (0.99) 5 (0.99)   
Discharge to outpatient treatment (%)b 3 (5.46) 20 (9.09) 875 (51.83) 4028 (89.13) 1010 (87.90)   
Discharge to comunitary care (%)b 0 (0) 3 (1.36) 26 (1.54) 186 (4.12) 71 (6.18)   
  1. Each PEP was broken down into one of five possible CRPT Color/Risk. Each PEP was also broken down into one score number from thirty two posible PEP. Undertriage were the PEP sorted as non urgent while were discharged as urgent PEP. Overtriage were the PEP sorted as urgent while were discharged as non urgent. PEP = Psychiatric Emergency Presentation. CPC = Continous Psychiatric Care Department (Prev. Emergency Department). CRPT: Color-Risk Psychiatric Triage
  2. aCumulative percentage of overall sample
  3. bPercentage of each CRPT level/risk
  4. cUndertriage subjects of Red CRPT level were sorted as a PEP with a Discharge to Medical Emergencies. Both medical and Pychiatric emergencies were considered as first priority with immediate intervention
  5. *Significance at 0.05 level
  6. **Significance at 0.01 level